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Moving Up and On ...

 

     About a block away, on a lamp-posted street opposite newer bricked townhouses and a smattering of historic bungalows preserved by the city of Dallas, stray cats prowl along painted fences and keep watch under the rose shrubs of a yellow clapboard B & B that looks…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on February 8, 2014 at 4:03pm — No Comments

Reminder : The next CAPA Book Marketing Networking Meeting

Reminder : The next CAPA Book Marketing Networking Meeting is  
Saturday Jan 25th 10:00 AM to 12:AM at the Wethersfield Public Library corner Silas Deane Ave and Church Street attached  to town hall. 
Come discuss ways we all can help network and market  CAPA-U. See an interview with Peggy Gaffney on Meet The Author discuss CAPA-U . The topic Author Branding will be postponed to the next meeting. Please RSVP to jasonalster@gmail.com

Added by Jason Mark Alster M.Sc on January 20, 2014 at 10:10am — No Comments

Next CAPA book Marketing Network Meeting - CAPAU

Added by Jason Mark Alster M.Sc on January 20, 2014 at 10:08am — No Comments

A Personal Refuge

A Personal Refuge

I’m obsessed with the idea of sacred spaces and by that I mean a place that is a personal refuge from the storms of contemporary life. For many people it’s a place like a cabin in the woods or a house on the lake or in the mountains. One woman I met volunteers at the Dallas Arboretum and goes there early every morning before the crowds arrive…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on January 13, 2014 at 9:12pm — No Comments

The Lesson of Granny's Sweaters

My husband, Barry, often tells the story of his Granny’s sweaters. On special occasions like birthdays and Christmas, he’d ask Granny what she wanted as a gift. Her reply was always that she loved sweaters. “A pretty sweater would be just right,” she’d tell him.

Needless to say, over the course of many years, Granny received an ample supply of beautiful sweaters. The…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on January 8, 2014 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Make it easy to order from a book trailer

You can quickly lose a potential buyer if you make it difficult to order your book after viewing the trailer. Have a link on the video that goes directly to Paypal or your website shopping cart. See http://tinyurl.com/lfus3c7

Added by Joyce Boncal on December 23, 2013 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Chicken Legs by Doug Massey

Hi all,

Doug Massey is an author who writes for teens. His new ebook/paperback, which I edited, is called Chicken Legs, and is the first in a series about teens who feel like they are misfits. The main character, James Corbett, is a scrawny kid who loves to run and to write. But he's not one of the most popular kids at his high school, where he has just started his freshman year. When he starts writing for the school newspaper and tackles some of the issues that bother him,…

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Added by Beth Bruno on December 23, 2013 at 9:40am — No Comments

Loving November

     I woke up this morning half-dreaming, lifted small dog, Charlotte, off the bed and made my way to the kitchen but there was no first light to guide me.  I’d forgotten to close one of the shutters on the sliding glass doors but it didn’t matter, it was still dark outside.  Charlotte put her front paws on the glass and stared blankly at the rain.  If it weren’t for…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on November 27, 2013 at 10:35pm — No Comments

Loving November

     I woke up this morning half-dreaming, lifted small dog, Charlotte, off the bed and made my way to the kitchen but there was no first light to guide me.  I’d forgotten to close one of the shutters on the sliding glass doors but it didn’t matter, it was still dark outside.  Charlotte put her front paws on the glass and stared blankly at the rain.  If it weren’t for the clock on the microwave assuring me that it was, indeed, time to get up, I never would have known it.  I suppose I should…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on November 27, 2013 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Fall in New England

     My season in Wilton is coming to an end and I’m feeling pretty good about things.  Finishing my new book was my goal and, having sent it off to the publisher, I have a few days to play.  The weather has shifted and it’s chilly.  I can’t sit out on the deck anymore with my morning coffee – instead I throw a shawl around my shoulders and stand for a few minutes…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on October 30, 2013 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Old Friends

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     A couple of weeks ago I picked up the phone and called my old friend Deb because I needed to ask her for a favor.  I wanted her to rally support for a fundraiser in West Fargo, N.D. for my young nephew who is battling a rare form of lung cancer.  I was feeling a little emotional when I made the call, but the familiar sound of her voice soothed…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on October 30, 2013 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Hi , I am happy to announce that the video John Singer Sargent : Secrets of Composition and Design is now released by RainbowCloud Publications. John Singer Sargent  "John Singer Sargent: Secrets of…

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I am happy to announce that the video John Singer Sargent : Secrets of Composition and Design is now released by RainbowCloud Publications. John Singer Sargent

 "John Singer Sargent: Secrets of Composition and Design" .John Singer Sargent is one of America's and Europe’s great portrait artists. He was friends with other giants of his time like Monet and authors as Henry James.  Isabella…

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Added by Jason Mark Alster M.Sc on August 24, 2013 at 8:23pm — No Comments

The Summer Wedding

 

     Nick and Emily got married this summer.  My husband Barry and I are close friends of  Nick’s parents, and John Carr picked us up in Burlington, Vermont, beaming with fatherly pride.  We took a ferry across the choppy waters of Lake Champlain to the bride’s hometown of Plattsburgh, New York, where the wedding was to take place the following day.  Pulling…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on August 17, 2013 at 11:02pm — No Comments

"Because I Knew You"

 

     There is a line from a song in the musical Wicked, that says that  “people come into our lives for a reason, bringing something we must learn, and we are led to those who help us most to grow.”  My dear college friend, Jane, lost her beautiful daughter, Kate, a few years ago and this song, “For Good,” was one of Kate’s favorites.  I played the…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on July 16, 2013 at 5:09pm — No Comments

The Garden Buddha

There is a tall standing Buddha in our garden.  My husband found him last summer on a day trip with friends to Hudson, N.Y. and had him shipped to our house in Connecticut.  It’s not like we were shopping for a Buddha, but when we entered this antique store, the statue was waiting for us in a far back corner with a gesture that beckoned us to step closer.  The bluestone…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on June 5, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

May 26, 2013-5 Tips for Encouraging Kids to Practice Piano

http://fernsmusicforkids.com/2013/05/26/may-26-2013-5-tips-for-encouraging-kids-to-practice-piano/

This is a blog I am sharing on my site from a fellow blogger, Teri Jones. Thank you Teri. All parents will benefit from your suggestions and I am happy to share your insights on my blog.  Fern

Added by Fern Carver Michonski on May 26, 2013 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Our book, Rockrhydin, wins the Mom's Choice Awards!



The Mom’s Choice Awards Names Rockrhydin

Among the best in Family-Friendly Products!

The Mom’s Choice Awards has named Rockrhydin among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. 

The Mom’s choice Awards (MCA) is an international awards…

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Added by Fern Carver Michonski on May 18, 2013 at 11:16pm — No Comments

The Artist Within

 

 

     One of my favorite songs is “Harbor Lights,” by Boz Scaggs.  If any of you have ever had this experience, you’ll understand.  This song resonates so deeply with me that sometimes I tear up just listening to it, it’s that powerful.  The song takes me back to the years after college when I lived in Westport, Connecticut.  My friends and I used to…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on April 18, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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